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Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. August 30, 2016 at 10:20 am —

    Reading up on the SETI item, there’s good cause to be skeptical.

    1. The amount of power it would take to send the detected transmission in all directions as a broadcast would be hundreds of times the power the earth receives from the sun.
    2. 94 light years is far enough away that hypothetical aliens couldn’t have detected OUR faint radio signals and replied with a directional communication yet. We’ve got another 60 or so years before that can happen.
    3. SETI has measured this star 39 times and only once gotten a signal interesting enough to warrant further investigation.

  2. August 30, 2016 at 2:10 pm —

    Unfortunately it sounds like that signal that some people think is coming from an advanced alien civilization, isn’t the real thing.

    The internet’s going wild about a SETI signal from aliens. Scientists aren’t convinced.

  3. September 1, 2016 at 4:58 pm —

    Is it aliens? …probably not. But just in case, stay tuned in 188 years!

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